Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skywatch Friday 80

A look at our skies this past week -- we are past peak color here, though a few trees were still showing off their Autumn Splendor.

West Grady Knoll, Grady Tract, UW Arboretum

Line of trees at Grady Tract, bordering Greene Prairie, UW Arboretum.

This fiery maple at a nearby park was still in fine splendor last
Sunday, but by Wednesday had already lost half its leaves.

Looking east across Curtis Prairie towards Lost City Forest, UW Arboretum.

Black tupelo tree next to Arboretum Visitor's Center.

Looking west across the sumac plantation at Curtis Prairie
towards Noe woods, UW Arboretum.

Window view on a dreary, overcast day . . .

Walking along the Capitol City State Bike Trail.
As you can see, most of  the trees are bare now.

Walking along the Capitol City State Bike Trail.

LINKING TO: Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thursday Thirteen 356: Happy Halloween

With tomorrow being Halloween, I thought I'd share some of the many photographs taken on long walks this month. Click on any photo for a larger view. Enjoy!

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This house covered Halloween and Thanksgiving with one display.

Love this pumpkin topiary idea!

The entire yard of this house was decorated -- this is only one tiny part of it.

This house had a couple of large red spiders and webs,
but too spread out to photograph it all.

Even Bucky is getting into the spirit of things!

Remember the house from last year that featured the ghost pirates?
Apparently, their goal this year is to instill a lifetime irrational
fear of clowns in all young trick-or-treaters. You'll want to click to
enlarge this collage of the killer clowns and rubber chicken graveyard.

Another house that was really done up -- I especially liked the door.

"Hey dude... Trick or treat!"

This is a different house than the one above with similar red spider.
Only the porch and door area was decorated here.

Lemme out of here!

Have a safe, fun and happy Hallow's Eve!

For more neighborhood tricks and treats, see yesterday's Wordless Wednesday post.

LINKING TO: Thursday Thirteen

Wordless Wednesday 155: Jack-O-Lantern Walk

One of the fun things about walking at this time of year is seeing all of the seasonal decorations. I love how creative some people get. Here are some of the many photos I've taken during my walks this month.


Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Teaser Tuesday 240: The Aristocrat

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

I spent the weekend reading a contemporary romance plucked out of Mount TBR, The Aristocrat by Catherine Coulter. Pretty good, considering it is one of her earlier works. Here's a bit from early in the book:

"Well, you see, there are some stipulations in the late Lord Asherwood's will."


(Chapter 2)


What would an American football star do if he suddenly found himself an English lord? It wasn't something pro quarterback Brant Asher had ever bothered to think about—until the day he learned of his inheritance. He was now Viscount Asherwood, heir to an English estate, and a whole lot of trouble.

Brant had inherited the obligation to marry Daphne, charitably described to him as an ugly duckling. This wasn't an attractive prospect for a man who enjoyed the pleasures of bachelor life— until he met the lady in question. Her reputation was obviously undeserved, because this was no ugly duckling; this was a beautiful swan.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Skywatch Friday 79

A couple weeks ago, I explored a part of the Arboretum I had not been to previously. The Wingra Oak Savanna and Wingra Marsh border the northern edge of Lake Wingra, along Arbor Drive and Monroe Street. The trails in this section are narrow, with an extensive section of boardwalks that take one right along the edge of the lake. It was a beautiful autumn day, and the views across our smallest lake breathtaking.

Lake reflection and fallen trees

Check out that blue sky -- we had some
clouds, but warm temps and only a light breeze.

Drawing closer to the marsh, you can see more reeds and weeds

LINKING TO: Skywatch Friday